Support From Case IH for Hardworking Australian Charities Helping Farming Communities

Feb 10, 2022 4:00 PM ET

Australian farmers have been through a roller-coaster of fortunes in the past few years – drought, fire and flooding – and Case IH Australia/New Zealand is keen to help with the ongoing recovery of rural and regional communities.  Case IH is a brand of CNH Industrial.

The brand has announced $45,000 (AUD) in donations for Aussie Helpers and Angel Flight, two charities at the forefront of helping these communities, although in very different ways.

Angel Flight coordinates non-emergency transport to assist country people access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs, while Aussie Helpers is dedicated to helping farmers, farm families and farming communities through the tough times by providing financial assistance, counselling, educational assistance, livestock feed and essentials like fuel, groceries and medicines.

​"These charities are there for rural and regional people at some of the hardest times of their lives, doing what they can to ease some of the burden. We appreciate their commitment to country Australia, and this donation is a way of showing our appreciation. Our staff, our dealers and our customers call these regions home and we want to do what we can to assist, where it's needed most," said Pete McCann, General Manager Case IH Australia/New Zealand.

Aussie Helpers CEO Tash Kocks said the donation was welcome in the aftermath of a number of significant natural disasters, including the most recent flooding in December.  "Most Aussies know that when natural disasters happen, it is our farmers who are hit the hardest. What they don't realise is that the financial hit is still present even after drought and flooding has passed. So, it is our aim at Aussie Helpers to stick with our rural and regional families and communities, even after the dust has settled," she said. "Thanks to the generosity of Case IH we are able to continue our work, assisting farmers in crisis and families in need."

Angel Flight CEO Marjorie Pagani said the organisation's volunteer pilots had flown more than 17 million km across more than 3,100 different routes, while their volunteer drivers had covered almost 2 million km getting country people to and from their medical appointments and accommodation, so the donation would be put to very good use. 

"Angel Flight is honoured to receive this donation from Case IH. We achieve our goals by coordinating private flights and ground transport provided by volunteer pilots and drivers using their own aircraft and vehicles. Volunteers are reimbursed for fuel costs, but their greatest reward is the satisfaction of helping fellow Australians in times of need," she said.